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A dog’s life.

I’ve spent a lot of time at home this week, hanging out with the dog and the cat, and another dog that has been here for an extended sleepover. The dogs, especially, seem to have a certain calmness about them (most of the time, anyway). They don’t seem to be burdened by many of the things I am concerned with.
dogslife
Dogs don’t seem to worry about too much. They sleep when they sleep, they eat when they eat. They’re happy if you’re watching CNBC, or Drunk History, or the ballgame on TV. Their pursuits include fully stretching out on the floor, chasing after balls in the yard, and playing tug of war over a toy. If you’ve had a difficult day, they seem to empathize, but they’re also happy waiting nearby in case you need them.

The dogs that have been my companions this week don’t live with diabetes and all of the crap I live with as a Person With Diabetes. They don’t have to check their blood sugar 7 or 8 or 10 or 12 times every day. They don’t have to guess how many grams of carbohydrates are hiding in my noonday meal, or how many units (or partial units) of insulin are required to counteract the carbs entering my system, and they don’t have to remember to bolus before they eat those carbs.

These dogs get excited about dinner, and walks in the park, and the occasional mailman or jogger that goes by. But the rest of the time, they’re good just hanging out. They don’t have to live with the frustration of high glucose readings and doing the detective work to find out why the readings are high.

They drink water when they’re thirsty. They’re not forced to drink water to help get their blood sugar to come down. They’re not into why my insulin is so freaking expensive. They don’t have to fight with insurance companies to get them to cover devices like continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps and enough test strips to be able to live the best life I can while standing in for my own pancreas.

Dogs are okay being lifesavers alerting us to highs or lows. Dogs are okay with just being part of the pack, and enjoying the occasional bacon flavored treat. Life isn’t much more complicated than that, because it doesn’t have to be more complicated than that.

I want that. I want a dog’s life.

Happy Friday – Thanks for the donations.

It’s Friday! Yaaaaaay! Better yet, it’s the eve of a week’s vacation. Because of work, I tend to go without during the summer months, so that means a bunch of days off in the fall. Maureen is on vacation too, and she’ll be heading to Florida to be with family. I’ll be staying home. But before vacation begins, I thought I would pass these tidbits along from my local JDRF chapter. Wherever we are, together or apart, we’ll be able to support the great diabetes efforts of JDRF by participating in the following:
 
 
Get your flu shot! Now! From September 1st through October 31st, Walgreens will donate $1 to JDRF per flu shot given when a customer presents the JDRF barcode/voucher or identifies themself as a JDRF supporter at any Walgreens (or Duane Reade location in the NYC area). – Find out more and get the barcode/voucher, go to:
http://jdrf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/JDRF_Flu_Flyer_Walgreens.pdf

– Now through October 5th (that’s Saturday), Advance Auto Parts is doing the make a donation/hang a paper sneaker on the wall thing in their stores. Make a $1, $5, $25, or $50 donation and they’ll dedicate a paper sneaker in your name. More importantly, your donation will help to fund research toward advanced drugs, therapies, and a cure.

– Also through Saturday, Marshalls is doing the same thing. Go buy a new outfit and make a donation. Or just make a donation. That would be okay with me.

– Finally, if you’re a Wawa shopper (convenience stores on the USA’s east coast—really good coffee), you have until October 20th to donate to JDRF by adding $1, $3, or $5 to your purchase at the checkout, or by adding your loose change to coin canisters at the store.
 
 
If you can, please donate to one or more of these fundraisers. And tell everyone you know about them! Who says diabetes people always have to be the ones donating money for JDRF? Have a super weekend, watch out for the weather, and keep showing that diabetes who’s boss.
 
 
 

Vacation wrap-up.

I’m baaaaack. Back after a week off from work and blogging. I know there hasn’t been a ton of diabetes-related stuff around here lately, and I hope to start changing that trend tomorrow.

For today though, I thought I would post a pictoral wrap-up of my anniversary/vacation (this will be especially helpful for my out-of-town relatives who may check in here from time to time). We spent a few days on Maryland’s eastern shore, east of the Chesapeake Bay. Our time was spent mostly in Oxford, Maryland, a small town on a peninsula just south of Easton. Oxford is full of bikers, walkers, and a few pretentious posers who visit throughout the warm months. After meeting a couple of them over the weekend, believe me, I’m not overstating that. Still, it was an enjoyable weekend that included great weather, great food, and mostly great company. Here’s a recap in pictures:
 
 

That middle ring is my 20th anniversary gift to my wife.  It looks bigger than it is.  She lost her engagement ring several years ago, and this is kind of a replacement.

That middle ring is my 20th anniversary gift to my wife. It looks bigger than it is. She lost her engagement ring several years ago, and this is kind of a replacement.

Looking down Main Street in St. Michael's, Maryland.  I saw the sign for the shop that said Free chocolate, coffee, olive oil, & vinegar tastings and thought "Geez, I hope they do that in reverse order".

Looking down Main Street in St. Michael’s, Maryland. I saw the sign for the shop that said Free chocolate, coffee, olive oil, & vinegar tastings and thought “Geez, I hope they do that in reverse order”.

The Bellevue-Oxford Ferry arriving from Oxford.  We're on the Bellevue side at this point.

The Bellevue-Oxford Ferry arriving from Oxford. We’re on the Bellevue side at this point.

The Great Spousal Unit as we embark from Bellevue.  That's a vacation face.

The Great Spousal Unit as we embark from Bellevue. That’s a vacation face.

Nearing Oxford, Maryland on the ferry.

Nearing Oxford, Maryland on the ferry.

The B & B where we stayed.  Very nice.

The B & B where we stayed. Very nice.

Typical steet scene from Oxford.  This is next to the town's museum (the town dates back to the 1600's).  Town offices are across the street.

Typical steet scene from Oxford. This is next to the town’s museum (the town dates back to the 1600’s). Town offices are across the street.

This was the view from our dinner table one night.

This was the view from our dinner table one night.

Someone was nice enough to shoot this photo of us.  By the way, that maple walnut ice cream on the post there must have been made by a terrorist, 'cause it's the bomb.

Someone was nice enough to shoot this photo of us. By the way, that maple walnut ice cream on the post there must have been made by a terrorist, ’cause it’s the bomb.

We shared this plate at the local fire department's breakfast fundraiser.  Eggs, sausage, bacon, tater tots, corned beef hash, all on real plates with real silverware.  In the bowl is the best grits I've ever tasted.

We shared this plate at the local fire department’s breakfast fundraiser. Eggs, sausage, bacon, tater tots, corned beef hash, all on real plates with real silverware. In the bowl is the best grits I’ve ever tasted.

That's a bald eagle we spotted during our visit to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

That’s a bald eagle we spotted during our visit to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

We caught this yacht race while relaxing at a restaurant one afternoon.

We caught this yacht race coming right toward us while we were relaxing at a restaurant one afternoon.


 
 
Okay, back to diabetes tomorrow, I promise. Until then, enjoy the rest of your Thursday.
 
 
 

Hiatus complete.

I’m back after a week in the warmth of Sanibel, Florida.

It was a peaceful, relaxing week. As evidenced by the photo above, I spent a lot of time in the pool. I only had one South of the Border incident, and I had half a day after a site change where I was maddeningly North of the Border. But overall, the week was just what I needed: a chance to relax and disconnect from work.

But I did take some time to read what many of you were writing last week. Here’s a sample, in random order:

From Kim at Texting My Pancreas

From Brian at Buzz, Buzz, Not my Cell

From Kate at Sweet Success

From Wil at Diabetes Uncensored

From Kelly at Diabetesaliciousness

Hope this is the beginning of a great week for you!
 
 
 

Hiatus.

Just a short one, I promise. Tomorrow, The Great Spousal Unit, The Live-In Niece, and myself are heading to sunny Sanibel Island, Florida for a week of swimming, bike riding, eating, drinking, and bolusing, probably until almost 8 o’clock every night.

Actually, I’ll probably be staying up late watching the baseball playoffs, because God knows I won’t be staying up past midnight watching once I go back to work.

Before I go, I want to say thank you to whoever nominated me for Best Advocacy in the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs in September. It’s one of those things that instantly feels really nice. Then in the next minute, you start thinking, “Wow, now I’ve got to go out and prove that I deserved it”. Well, I’ll be trying to do that, as soon as I come back.

Let me say this, however: I really enjoy reading what my fellow Type (insert your type here)’s are writing about. The stories of your lives, your experiences, your joys, your sorrows, your successes, your failures, are all very important to me. I care more about reading your blogs, hearing your podcasts, seeing your tweets, than I care to admit to the average person.

There are two take-aways for you here:

First, if you’re out there reading something via social media, be supportive. It takes guts to tell your story, warts and all. Just the effort that’s involved in that is worth your appreciation. And when you read something that moves you… let it move you, and make a comment, send an e-mail, or support a cause that’s worth fighting for.

Second, if you’re thinking about telling your story, and you haven’t yet: consider doing so. It’s actually very easy to get started, and like Sara has said before, I guarantee there is someone out there waiting to hear you and connect with what you have to say.

Finally, don’t forget to nominate early and often in the October Best of the ‘Betes Blogs categories:
– Best Use of Humor
– Best Vlog
– Best Recipe
– Best Use of Photography
– Best Advocacy
– Best Reference to a D-Celebrity
– Best Story of a D Meet-up
– Best non-D Related Post
– Best Post by a Type 1
– Best Post by a Type 2
– Best Post by a Type Awesome
– Best Post by a LADA/ Type 1.5/ Not otherwise specified
– Best story of a D-mistake
– Best Motivational Post
– Best Diabetes Art

Any posts written during the month of October are eligible (please no self-nominations). Email a nomination(s) to bestbetesblogs@gmail.com. Or send a Direct Message (don’t make my mistake and send a Tweet To The World) with your nomination(s) to the Best of the ‘Betes Blogs twitter account– @bestbetesblogs.

Time to get off of my soap box and get packing. Have a great week!
 
 
 

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